The former FBI counterintelligence agent charged with helping a Russian oligarch evade US sanctions has been freed on bail.

Charles McGonigal, 54, walked free from Manhattan federal court on Monday on a $500,000 personal recognizance bond, following his arrest Saturday on charges laid out in two newly unsealed indictments.

One of the indictments, filed in Manhattan, accused McGonigal of violating US sanctions laws by working for Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire crony of Vladimir Putin, following his 2018 retirement from the FBI.

The other charges, filed in Washington DC, allege McGonigal took $225,000 in cash bribes from an unnamed former Albanian intelligence agent while leading the counterintelligence branch in the FBI's New York field office.

McGonigal, who retired in 2018, played a role in sensitive and high-profile investigations, including Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's purported ties to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. 

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:51
Democrats are daring Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to make good on his pledge to remove two members from the House Intelligence Committee.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:51

The Russian navy is set to participate alongside the Chinese and South African navies in exercises set for February off South Africa, Russia's state TASS has announced. 

Importantly, the Russian frigate named 'Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov' is armed with hypersonic cruise missiles, after it entered deployment in the Atlantic Ocean three weeks ago.

 

The Zircon hyperonics it is carrying are believed to be able to fly at nine times the speed of sound, with a range of over 620 miles. The ship is expected to traverse the Mediterranean, making its way to Russia's port at Tartus, before heading south.

"'Admiral Gorshkov’ … will go to the logistic support point in Syria’s Tartus, and then take part in joint naval exercises with the Chinese and South African navies," TASS reported.

The South African National Defense Force has also confirmed the drills, which will run February 17-26 and be located off the port cities Durban and Richards Bay, describing that the exercise aims "to strengthen the already flourishing relations between South Africa, Russia and China."

Tags: AFRICA, CHINA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Jan 24 08:50
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis discussed his reasons for barring public high schools in the state from offering the AP African American Studies course presently in development by the College Board.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:50

The United States is once again putting pressure on China over its alleged behind the scenes assistance to Russia as it executes the war in Ukraine.

"The Biden administration has confronted China’s government with evidence that suggests some Chinese state-owned companies" may be providing assistanceBloomberg reports, while seeking to "ascertain if Beijing is aware of those activities, according to people familiar with the matter."

Tags: CHINA, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 24 08:49
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to search President Joe Biden’s Senate records that are stored at the University of Delaware to see if they contain more classified materials.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:49
The now-deceased suspect in this weekend’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, brought multiple allegations to police earlier this month, according to authorities.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:48
One of the promises Kevin McCarthy made when he was running for Speaker of the House was that he would remove Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from their committee assignments.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:48

As the war in Ukraine rages on, there is little doubt that the human cost has been enormous for Ukraine, including what is likely more than 100,000 soldiers who have died in combat operations.

However, there was one man who predicted much of what has come to pass in the battle in the east of Europe: George Soros.

The billionaire oligarch financier, often portrayed as a humanist, promoted a hard-nosed geopolitical strategy in his 1993 piece entitled “Toward a New World Order: The Future of NATO.”

In the piece, he outlines how Eastern Europeans could be used as the “manpower” in coming conflicts in an effort to reduce the number of deaths in Western countries, which Soros argues the West would not politically tolerate, unlike the east of Europe.

“The United States would not be called upon to act as the policeman of the world. When it acts, it would act in conjunction with others. Incidentally, the combination of manpower from Eastern Europe with the technical capabilities of NATO would greatly enhance the military potential of the Partnership because it would reduce the risk of body bags for NATO countries, which is the main constraint on their willingness to act. This is a viable alternative to the looming world disorder,” wrote Soros in the article.

Soros acknowledges that the NATO countries have no appetite for “body bags,” but his statement implicitly indicates that Eastern Europeans can fill this role.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:47

The Prime Minister of Japan says the country is in a precarious position as a society over its plummeting birth rate.

"Japan is standing on the verge of whether we can continue to function as a society," said Fumio Kishida, saying that the situation was a case of "now or never."

"Focusing attention on policies regarding children and child-rearing is an issue that cannot wait and cannot be postponed," he added.

The island nation currently has a population of 125 million, and had just 800,000 births last year. For comparison, that figure was north of 2 million in the 1970s.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:46

Left-wing Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recently praised a visiting President Joe Biden:

"Just imagine: There are 40 million Mexicans in the United States - 40 million who were born here in Mexico, (or) who are the children of people who were born in Mexico!"

Why wouldn't Obrador be delighted? Since Biden took office in January 2021, America has allowed some 5-6 million illegal entries across its southern border.

Obrador further congratulated the malleable Biden whom he sees as a kindred but complacent left-wing spirit:

"You are the first president of the United States in a very long time that has not built even one meter of wall."

Translated that means Mexico is delighted the United States now cares little about the security of its border, the disappearance of which is wonderful news for Mexico.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:45

Russia and Estonia on Monday were expelling the ambassadors from each other’s countries in a tit-for-tat move, saying that their diplomatic missions will be headed by charges d’affaires as relations between the countries sank to a new low over Ukraine.

In a show of solidarity with its Baltic neighbour, Latvia announced that it would also downgrade diplomatic relations with Moscow as of February 24, the date which marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Jan 24 08:41

The leader of Iraq’s Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, has used his country’s recent victory in the Gulf soccer cup to stage an unexpected comeback on the Iraqi political scene.

Pro-Iranian formations, including the Coordination Framework coalition, did not seem to have anticipated Sadr’s new move after his had declared withdrawal from politics.

Widely-circulated pictures on social media showed Sadr posing with members of the Iraqi national soccer team carrying their trophy after winning the Gulf Cup 25.

The Sadrist leader took advantage of his encounter with the soccer team and its technical and administrative staff in Najaf to repeat the phrase “Arabian Gulf” three times. The phrase had sparked official Iranian protests and the Iranian foreign ministry even summoned the Iraqi ambassador in Tehran to object to the appellation and demand that Iraq uses the name of “Persian Gulf” to refer to the region instead.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:40

Nine military officers who had worked decades ago at a nuclear missile base in Montana have been diagnosed with blood cancer and there are “indications” the disease may be linked to their service, according to military briefing slides obtained by The Associated Press. One of the officers has died.

All of the officers, known as missileers, were assigned as many as 25 years ago to Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to a vast field of 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile silos. The nine officers were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a January briefing by U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Daniel Sebeck.

Missileers ride caged elevators deep underground into a small operations bunker encased in a thick wall of concrete and steel. They remain there sometimes for days, ready to turn the launch keys if ordered to by the president.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:39

The Royal Jordanian Air Force has announced the purchase of 12 Block 70 F-16s from American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

The US State Department approved the sale in February last year, stating that the agreement could reach $4.21 billion.

It included communication systems, targeting pods, and munitions components such as guided missile tail kits.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:38

In September 2022, The Epoch Times asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to release its Proportional Reporting Ratio (PRR) data mining results. The CDC refused. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has now forced the release of these data, and they are stunning

The CDC’s PRR monitoring has identified several hundred safety signals, including for Bell’s palsy, blood clots, pulmonary embolism and death. In individuals aged 18 and older, there are 770 safety signals for different adverse events, and more than 500 of them have a stronger safety signal than myocarditis and pericarditis

In the 12- to 17-year-old age group there are 96 safety signals, and in the 5- to 11-year-old group there are 66, including myocarditis, pericarditis, ventricular dysfunction, cardiac valve incompetency, pericardial and pleural effusion, chest pain, appendicitis and appendectomies, Kawasaki’s disease and vitiligo

The proportions of deaths, which were only provided for the 18-plus age group, was 14% for the COVID jabs compared to 4.7% for all other vaccines

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:37
Fraudsters may have stolen as much as $60 billion from the various unemployment insurance programs enacted by lockdown-era stimulus bills, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:36

Morocco has sent tanks to Ukraine to boost its counter-offensive against Russian forces, Algerian news outlet Menadefense has revealed.

Nearly 20 T-72B tanks were reportedly supplied to Kyiv’s forces, making Rabat the first African nation to send armored vehicles to the war-torn country.

According to the report, Czech defense firm Excalibur Army modernized the tanks before they were sent to Ukraine.

Tags: AFRICA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 24 08:33

Amidst indignant reactions to ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel’s revelations about the Minsk accords, worry about Americans “advising” Ukrainians en situ, and the back-and-forth of battle lines, it’s easy to forget what the Ukraine War is all about: the struggle of the United States to maintain its status as the world’s only superpower. More exactly, America’s attempt to suppress China as a rival superpower is the center of this tragedy.

China, allied with its back-door gas station Russia, is a nearly unbeatable foe. China’s seaports can easily be cut off if container ships are threatened against docking there. Its back door is another matter. So those hard-eyed folks in Washington, obsessed with the Wolfowitz Doctrine, need to eliminate or take over Russia. That is the sine qua non of the American strategy. Without this step, the strategy falls apart.

And the step needs to be taken quickly; already the confrontation with China is picking up momentum.

Hence the Ukraine War. As President Biden ad-libbed himself, “[Putin] cannot remain in power.” He later walked back the comment, but the slip obviously reflects thinking in the Oval Office. The nice way to remove him is to cause a Russian defeat in Ukraine and the resignation — or worse — of its president, replaced (neocons hope) by a pliable drunk like Boris Yeltsin. I would imagine that foreign-policy blobbers long ago convinced themselves that they would really, actually, in their heart-of-hearts prefer to do things this way. Because the other way is not nice.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:32
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos responded to a report Monday that claimed that he was considering selling The Washington Post so he could purchase an NFL team from an owner who hates the newspaper.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:28
People around the globe have found themselves paying more for eggs at stores due to over 41 million egg-laying hens dying from the avian flu.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:28
Biden’s border crisis has pushed the border city of Yuma, Arizona to the ‘brink of collapse’ according to one local official.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:27
U.S. aid to Ukraine in its battle with Russia now exceeds the cost of the War in Afghanistan at the height of ‘the surge’ in 2011.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:26
Saturday evening that revenge riots erupted in Atlanta over the killing of a far-left gunman in Antifa’s ‘autonomous zone.’
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:25

A San Francisco panel studying reparations has proposed a one-time payment of $5 million to each black resident of the city deemed eligible as recompense for the “decades of harm they have experienced,” according to a report on Monday.

“A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population … and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that​ ​Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and​ ​unintended harms perpetuated by City policy​,” the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee said in a draft report issued last month, Fox News Digital reported. ​

The committee also proposed wiping out all debts associated with educational, personal, credit card and payday loans for black households.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:25
Strzok started his career long ago under the Clinton gang. Strzok was part of a group of corrupt actors who took over and FBI and continued a long history of massive corruption at that entity.
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Posted on: Jan 24 08:24

Rev. Al Sharpton refused to apologize for allegations he made that a 15-year-old Black girl was raped by a group of White men in 1987; claims that were found to be false by a grand jury. 

However, Sharpton doubled down on the controversial accusations he made in the notorious Tawana Brawley case as a guest on PBS show "Firing Line."

"Absolutely not," Sharpton told PBS host Margaret Hoover when asked if his opinion on the case has changed in 35 years. 

Rev. Al Sharpton doubled down on the controversial accusations he made in the notorious 1987 Tawana Brawley case as a guest on PBS show "Firing Line." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

"I have no evidence that I was misled," Sharpton added.

The one-time failed presidential candidate and civil rights activist repeatedly argued that the Brawley case should have gone to trial instead of being found a hoax by a grand jury. 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, HIDDEN HISTORY
Posted on: Jan 24 08:23

With the White House refusing to turn over documents and communications relating to a scheme to use federal law enforcement to target parents critical of liberal education policies, the U.S. House of Representatives is warning that subpoenas, as possible contempt charges, are next.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, issued letters to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Attorney General Garland, FBI Director Wray, DHS Secretary Mayorkas, Education Secretary Cardona, ATF Director Dettelbach and DEA Administrator Milgram renewing outstanding requests for communications and documents concerning the misuse of federal criminal and counterterrorism resources to target concerned parents at school board meetings.

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:15

New reports signal growing animosity between the White House press corps and Karine Jean-Pierre over her refusal to stray from talking points and her providing false information.

According to Mediaite, more than a half dozen press corps members told CNN’s Oliver Darcy that “the temperature has gone up a lot in the last few days” in the White House briefing room.

The Biden administration has largely enjoyed a pleasant relationship with much of the mainstream media throughout his presidency but the discovery of classified materials months after the FBI raided former President Trump’s home has brought up serious concerns.

Classified records were found inside the Washington, D.C., offices of the Penn Biden Center think tank on Nov. 2, 2022, but only disclosed to the public last week. 

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Posted on: Jan 24 08:13

Former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is speaking in an interview for the first time since her 2021 sex trafficking conviction.

The British-born heiress disclosed new details on her involvement with Jeffrey Epstein in a Monday interview with news channel TalkTV — in which she answered questions from her own brother, Kevin Maxwell.

Maxwell expressed her belief that Epstein had been murdered in federal jail in the interview.

Webmaster addition: Personally, I think Epstein is still alive somewhere.

 

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jan 24 07:56